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COVID-19 Staff Resources

Last updated october 20, 2022

Last updated october 20, 2022

Washington Unified School District continues to work closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Cal/OSHA and Yolo County Health and Human Services officials regarding COVID-19 Protocols. As we get further direction we will continue to make adjustments as necessary for all symptomatic or exposed students and staff. 
 
The following information is being provided as an update including the latest information from Cal/OSHA ETS (Emergency Temporary Standards) FAQs, most recently updated October 13, 2022. These updated FAQ’s provide clarification that employees can qualify for exclusion pay, separate from SB-114-provided supplemental leave, when either the employee is testing positive for COVID-19 or becomes symptomatic following a workplace exposure. 
 
MASKING: 
Masking with a high-quality mask, such as an N95, KN95 or KN94, although not required, may be recommended based on the current COVID-19 levels in Yolo County. If you choose to wear a mask, please request one from your school or department office.
 
NOTIFICATION OF EXPOSURE:
As we are notified of positive COVID-19 cases, staff who are identified as close contacts will be notified. Close contacts are defined as individuals sharing an indoor space (under 400,000 cubic feet) with a positive case for 15 or more cumulative minutes in a 24 hour period during the positive individual’s infectious period. Additionally, schools will send out school-wide notifications of positive cases on campus and WUSD will be updating its COVID-19 dashboard regularly. 
 
GUIDANCE FOR SYMPTOMATIC AND/OR EXPOSED INDIVIDUALS:
If you have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual or develop COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Jenna Raski (jraski@wusd.k12.ca.us) immediately. Cal/OSHA issued isolation guidance for employees, last updated May 6, 2022. Please follow the guidance below (in the tables) if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
If at any point you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please take the following steps immediately before continuing at or returning to work:
 
  • Let your supervisor know you have developed symptoms
  • Contact Jenna in Human Resources to discuss your options including requirements for returning to work as well as potential leave and exclusion pay that you qualify for.
 
ISOLATION GUIDANCE FOR POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS:
Cal/OSHA issued isolation guidance for employees, last updated May 6, 2022. Please follow the guidance in the tables below if you test positive for COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID, please send a time stamped photo of your positive test results to Jenna Raski (jraski@wusd.k12.ca.us) immediately.
 
COVID-19 SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE:
An allotment of COVID-19 Supplemental Sick Leave was provided per SB 114. A summary of SB 114 can be found here.  This allotment was originally provided from the time period of January 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022.  Per AB 152, this allotment has been extended until December 31, 2022.
 
EXCLUSION PAY: 
An employee that is excluded from work because of workplace exposure under the ETS is eligible for exclusion pay. The Cal/OSHA ETS (Emergency Temporary Standards) FAQs, most recently updated October 13, 2022, include information on exclusion pay and benefits employees can access if they are excluded from work because of a workplace COVID-19 exposure. 
 
In order to use these leaves, please reach out to Jenna Raski (jraski@wusd.k12.ca.us) in Human Resources for assistance as soon as you believe your absence qualifies. As is our practice, enter your absence in Frontline Absence Management under sick leave as soon as you know you will be out. Through required documentation (i.e. timestamped positive test results, vaccine verification, etc.) and information gathered your absence will be adjusted appropriately. 
 
If you have any other COVID-related concerns, including COVID-19 related hazards, please email your supervisor and/or Jenna Raski (jraski@wusd.k12.ca.us) immediately.